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Art.Nr.: 978-3-96607-032-4
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Dr. Alban liv i sin självbiografi "IT ' s My Life"
 

But his most impressive achievement is the following: from 1990 to 1997, not one, not two, but ALL his singles charted in Sweden. We are talking about 14 singles taken from 5 different albums, in a country with one of the most powerful and competitive music industries in Europe, together with Great Britain and Germany. This is what an African boy from a middle-class family and a war-torn country achieved after moving to the free world and being able to express himself.

 

 
There is nothing wrong in enjoying a good song, paying attention only to the lyrics on the refrain, and dancing and clapping along the verses. But it’s unfair and ultimately false to say that Dr. Alban is just another Eurodance artist. This would imply he is not totally involved in the music-making process, and his songs have almost meaningless lyrics and little message. Indeed, his refrains are simple and are meant to be that way, in order to be memorable and easy to reproduce. However, his verses hold the key to understanding why he is not your regular dance artist.

When he moved from Nigeria to Sweden, Alban Nwapa left a country that was corrupt and weakened by war and found himself in a world where everybody was free to say whatever they wanted. Now things have drastically changed in Sweden, but back in the 80s, he was probably one of the few black people living there. This attracted strange gazes and racist comments and actions from locals, and Alban couldn’t remain silent. He had a lot to say, both about his motherland Africa, and about his adoptive country, one of the best in the world, but which had and still has a few problems.

Dr. Alban has always written the lyrics to his songs and has hugely contributed to the instrumental part, which mostly reflects his African heritage. This was the perfect combination: instrumentals made with the help of Swedish producers, some of the most famous in the world, and simple and sincere lyrics about two different parts of the world, both with their positives and negatives. But, in order for the world to hear his message, Dr. Alban needed a bit of luck. His luck was the fall of communism in Europe, his adoptive continent that turned into his main market. Half of Europe woke up in the early 90s, and one of the first sounds they heard coming from the free world was Dr. Alban’s music.

In the first years after the end of communism, teenagers were hungry for new music coming from abroad, and Dr. Alban immediately caught their attention because of his unique vocals and powerful African beats. They identified him with their adolescence and their long-awaited freedom, and the effect is still visible today. 25 years after releasing his biggest hit and two decades after his most successful years have ended, Dr. Alban still has at least one show every week. The majority of those shows are in Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the Baltic countries, but also the Scandinavian territories, closer to his adoptive land. His crowd consists of 30+ years-old, who enjoy remembering the songs they danced to at their high-school or college parties. Most of them are coming to hear “It’s my life”, but some of them come to meet the man whose lyrics influenced them in one way or another.

 

 
Dr. Alban’s music is about freedom, peace, respect, equality, unity, justice, and love in all its forms, with no boundaries. In between catchy choruses and helped by a strong beat, Dr. Alban raps about political and social problems, and most of the time he offers a solution. Here are just a few examples:

“Martin Luther King, Mandela, they had a dream / Self-evidence and equality for men / Africa for me and Africa for you, De Klerk / It doesn’t really matter whether cat is black or white / What really matters is to catch the mouse / I’d rather do it in a African way / Hello Afrika, tell me how you’re doing” (Dr. Alban — “Hello Afrika”, 1990)

“The color of your skin doesn’t speak for you / Neither does your look speak for you / Black and white, we are one family / If you’re Chinese or Japanese or English-American / We are the world, the children of the world / Just come together for a better world / So why this hatred and why this hassle / Just make this world a better place / People are just people, no matter where they’re from / Some even want to stop you by always saying “No” / Don’t you care about them, just keep your own direction” (Dr. Alban — “U & mi”, 1990)

“Lord gave the world life, power, and peace / World gave the power to some people / They invented war here and there / Hatred amongst people of the world / Love was buried beyond layers of the Earth / Love was a blessing to the world from above / The world neglected it and love was lost” (Dr. Alban — “Mata oh a eh”, 1992)

“The youth in nowadays are difficult in choosing / That’s why we older have to help them out / Before they left their job and turn a gun man / Before they left their job and turn a hooligan / Before they left their job and turn a drug habit” (Dr. Alban — “Hard to choose”, 1993)

“They check for the rich, they check for the famous / They say sweet things they don’t really mean / Don’t call me the doctor, call me my name / Not because I’m the man who wrote ‘It’s my life’ / Just be yourself, and I’ll be myself / Don’t play no games at all on me” (Dr. Alban — “Plastic smile”, 1994)

“Calling on the leaders of all African states / Please change your system as I will say / Cause the poor man them no like it / Mi say the poor man them no love it / We have to supress this opression / We have to change this Babylon system / Even with a strong revolution / Create employment for the poor man” (Dr. Alban — “Rich man poor man”, 1996).

 

 
Dr. Alban has released 6 of his 7 albums within the first decade of his now 28 year-long career as an artist. Success is temporary, and he accepted this, but he also knew how to make the most out of it during the latter years, while also remaining low-key active in the music industry. His success allowed him to meet his idols and work with them, while also becoming an idol himself, and an inspiration to many.

In 1993, while touring South Africa, Dr. Alban noticed that 99% of the audience was white, therefore he decided to hold a concert on the streets of Soweto. A huge crowd of black people gathered, but the white police found out and came to stop the show. When he heard the news, Nelson Mandela, probably the biggest fighter against racism in the world, invited Dr. Alban and his band to his office. This allowed the musician to meet the idol he was rapping about in his debut single, three years before. But, more importantly, the meeting made Dr. Alban aware of the impact of his music and the opportunities his career brings, not only for him, but also for others.

That same year, back in Stockholm, Dr. Alban opened his own record label, Dr. Records, which helped many emerging artists release their first singles. Also, starting with his third album, which was released in 1994, Dr. Alban began to work with many other producers and artists from around the world, including some of which he was listening to while he was a teenager in Nigeria. This habit, to which he is still loyal today, helped him diversify his musical style, and keep his career up and running. By the end of the 90s, when Eurodance was fading away, Dr. Alban had just released an R’n’B-reggae album, and was preparing a pop-rock one. Deep inside, he probably knew they were not going to be as successful as the previous ones, but he was not afraid to reinvent himself, while also discovering and helping other younger artists.

The second and third decades of his career saw Dr. Alban take a step back from the spotlights. He started a family, he founded the Dr. Alban Awareness Foundation, which makes sure Africans know how important it is to vote, but he also travels the world every week, bringing his old hits to clubs and squares around Europe and not only. The rise of internet downloads saw him release less and less own tracks, the last one in 2015, but his name still appears on at least two or three tracks every year, as a featured artist. Because of his success in the 90s, 20 years later he is still invited to appear on tracks by famous artists from Russia, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Lebanon, Malaysia, and many more. Some of these are original songs, others are covers or remakes of his own songs.

 

 
Dr. Alban is not your typical artist: he doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, he leads a healthy life, and he goes to clubs only to perform. For one reason or another, he didn’t manage to penetrate the US market, which prevented him from having an even bigger career. But the African boy who spent his teenage years in constant fear, because of the Biafra war, surpassed everyone’s expectations, including his own. Now 60, Dr. Alban looks back at record sales of millions, and at the highly loyal fan base he developed and maintained during the years. And the near future doesn’t seem to bring much change: if there is a 90s festival in Europe, Dr. Alban will headline it and will try to squeeze all his hits in a 40 minutes show.  





ISBN: 978-3-96607-032-4
Författare: Dr. Alban
Volym: 272 sidor
Utgåva: 1
Mått: 21 x 14,6 x 1,7 cm
Vikt: 431 gram
Omslag: softcover

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